Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Mike Baird unveils bail crackdown for suspects with terrorism links

Sean Nicholls Bail will be refused in all but extraordinary circumstances for anyone charged in NSW with a serious offence who also has terrorism links, in light of the Martin Place siege.

Authorities powerless to force Salim Mehajer to reveal election funding

Salim Mehajer, with his wife Aysha, says his wedding has showcased Australia to the world.

Sean Nicholls The people who bankrolled Salim Mehajer's election to Auburn council may never be known.

'I am normal. My kids are normal': Penny Sharpe's emotional response to Gayby Baby furore

 Penny Sharpe, the Labor candidate for Newtown  who has given up her Legislative Council seat to run.

Sean Nicholls Labor MP Penny Sharpe has delivered an emotional plea for understanding of same-sex families in response to the furore over the documentary Gayby Baby, slamming commentary the "nasty" and...

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer fined twice for not revealing election funding

Salim and Aysha Mehajer with Missy Higgins, centre, who sang at the wedding.

Sean Nicholls Auburn deputy mayor Selim Mehajer has broken NSW electoral law by failing to reveal fundraising and spending that led to his 2012 election to the council, raising questions about how his campaign was...

Controversial council voting law to be scrapped after Salim Mehajer saga

Salim Mehajer during his lavish wedding in Auburn, which caused a storm of protest.

Sean Nicholls A controversial law that allows local councillors - including property developers - to vote on planning control changes in which they stand to benefit will be scrapped by the NSW government.

Police decline to charge ALP boss Jamie Clements over alleged assault

Stefanie Jones was ALP candidate for Cronulla at 2011 election.

Sean Nicholls Police have declined to charge NSW Labor general secretary Jamie Clements after investigating an assault allegation against him brought by a female party staff member.

Luke Foley wants property developers banned from councils

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley says  the law should be reversed.

Sean Nicholls Property developers should be banned from becoming local councillors in NSW and strict political donations and spending caps should be imposed on local government, opposition leader Luke Foley says.

Victor Dominello signals real estate crackdown amid booming property market

Sean Nicholls Home buyers could save thousands of dollars and property spruikers and real estate agents are likely to come under greater scrutiny under a range of reforms flagged by the NSW government in response...

Luke Foley makes good on promise to publish diary details

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley says he will open his diary every two months.

Sean Nicholls NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has released details of his official meetings and committed to continuing to do so every two months.

NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian calls for target of 50 per cent women MPs

NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian wants to set targets for equal representation.

Sean Nicholls NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian says the odds are "well and truly stacked against women" winning preselections and something needs to change.

Fairfield Labor councillor George Barcha facing reprimand after branch stacking claims

Sean Nicholls, State political editor An internal Labor party tribunal has found that Fairfield councillor George Barcha should be "formally reprimanded" over branch stacking allegations.

Plan to hasten council mergers as Minister Paul Toole awaits IPART report

Paul  Toole

Sean Nicholls Forced amalgamations of councils not guilty of misconduct would be made easier for the NSW government under options to be considered by local government minister Paul Toole as early as October.

Call me Senator: Fred Nile pushes for new upper house title

In a rare piece of common ground between parties usually ideologically opposed, the NSW Greens could back Fred Nile's push for a new upper house title.

Sean Nicholls  Members of the Legislative Council are misunderstood by the world.

Private hunting parks to be considered by NSW parliament

Shooters party members Robert Borsak and Robert Brown want private hunting reserves to be permissable in NSW.

Sean Nicholls A bill to allow private hunting reserves in NSW will be debated in state parliament after the Shooters and Fishers Party succeeded in getting the issue on the agenda.

Global casino giant Wynn Resorts, NSW government discuss 'investment'

Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn.

Sean Nicholls US casino giant Wynn Resorts met with gaming minister Troy Grant to discuss "investment in NSW", but the government is refusing to elaborate.

Mike Baird's ICAC changes will strengthen public support

Public confidence the key: Mike Baird had no idea what the recommendations would be.

Sean Nicholls A review of the Independent Commission Against Corruption's powers has delivered what is probably the most politically palatable solution Premier Mike Baird and the government could hope for.

Mike Baird urges ICAC to 'get cracking' in major corruption investigations

Premier Mike Baird.

Sean Nicholls, Michaela Whitbourn The NSW corruption watchdog will be free to make findings in two major recent investigations potentially derailed by the Hight Court after Premier Mike Baird announced proposed amendments to its...

NSW Government to limit ICAC's power to make corruption findings to 'serious' cases

Michaela Whitbourn, Sean Nicholls The Baird government will limit the Independent Commission Against Corruption's power to make findings of corrupt conduct to cases where the conduct is "serious", under a legislative overhaul...

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China issues veiled threat to NSW MPs over attendance at organ trade forum

Don Harwin, president of the NSW Legislative Council, received the letter from the Chinese consul general.

Sean Nicholls 'An extraordinary and inappropriate intervention in Australian domestic politics by the Chinese government' is how Greens MP David Shoebridge describes a bid by China to prevent NSW MPs from...

Dozens asked to respond to provisional findings in police bugging inquiry

Justice

Sean Nicholls Provisional findings have been made against 33 people in a marathon inquiry by the NSW Ombudsman's office into a bugging scandal which has rocked the upper ranks of the NSW police.